Are you considering jumping on the blogging train?
If so, let me give you a personal digital high five and a big welcome on board.
Blogging has been a life-changing journey for me.
I’m so glad I boarded that train almost two years ago now.
Although blogging is exciting, there are heaps of factors you need to keep in mind if you want to turn your blog into a profitable business.
Here are my best blogging tips for beginners and things I learned throughout my own journey of turning my blog into a successful online business.
- How To Start A Blog For Beginners: A Complete Tutorial
- 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year Blogging
- How I Got Over 200.000 Monthly Pageviews To My New Blog
For those of you who are visuals learners.
1. You Just Started A Biz
Yes, when you start a blog, you’re starting a business.
If the goal is to make money online, you need to look at your blog as an online business and not just a blog.
Your blog is the medium where you deliver your message, but making it profitable is so much more than just writing blog posts.
You need to channel your inner entrepreneur as well as the technician role (writing blog posts).
Work on your blogging business as much as you work in it so to speak.
Because blogs don’t make money, businesses do.
2. Mindset Is Everything
The only thing that can stand in your way of becoming a successful blogger is your own mindset.
This is why mindset work is crucial for blogging.
How you go into your day and the thoughts you have about your ability to make it with your new blog is everything.
If you can learn to master your mindset as a new blogger, you’ve won half (dare I say whole?) battle.
Mindest is truly everything.
Let me ask you this:
How are your current thoughts supporting the results you want to have with your new dream blog?
3. Build That List
If there is one piece of advice that I am so thankful I followed at the beginning of my blogging days it’s this…
Start building your email list from day 1.
Your email list will be your number one asset in your blogging business and it’s how you’ll eventually be able to monetize your blog.
The money is truly in the list.
So, create that freebie and start collecting email addresses.
I love to use Leadpages for my landing page purposes.
Landing pages exist purely to collect emails in exchange for your free gift (freebie, opt-in, lead magnet etc.)
Start building your list as soon as you launch your blog to the world.
Your future self will thank you.
4. It’s Not You, It’s Them
One of the things you’ll come to realize with blogging is that it’s not about you at all.
It’s all about your audience.
Your blog exists to solve problems.
Your audience has a problem and your blog is the solution.
You’re not writing for you, you’re writing for them.
Keep your readers’ interest at heart at all times and focus on providing them with amazing value – and you will be successful.
5. Ask Your Audience
This brings me to the ask.
Ask your audience what they’re currently struggling with and how you can help them.
Let them give you ideas for what to write in your weekly blog posts.
Use SurveyMonkey to create a simple survey and send it out to your entire list.
If you don’t ask, you will not know.
Always listen to your audience and speak directly to them.
Remember that your blog exists to serve and provide them with value.
Let your audience spark ideas for your weekly content.
6. Choosing Your Niche
Choose a niche that…
- You’re passionate about
- You know there is a market for
Although serving a target market is important, you have to genuinely be interested in the topics you’ll be writing about on your blog.
If not, it’s going to be quite the struggle in the long run to write content around a topic you don’t have much interest in.
So make sure it’s a niche you are interested in AND that there is a market and a need for.
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7. Time Management 101
Since you just started your blog, you probably have other obligations as well – such as a 9 to 5, a part-time job, kids, or perhaps even college stuff going on.
No matter what other obligations you have, there is a way to find the time and make blogging happen for you.
All you have to do is to become a true queen at planning and at managing your time.
We all get 24 hours in a day.
There is no getting around that.
It’s about what you do with these precious hours that counts.
- Wake up an hour earlier.
- Work on your blog during lunch hours.
- Work on your blog in the evenings.
Go out of your way to find the time.
8. Pursue Imbalance
Think about your new blogging adventure as a season of your life.
If you really want your blog to at some point be successful you absolutely must go all in and with a mindset of knowing that is a possibility.
This is why productivity and mindset are so important when it comes to starting any type of side hustling gig.
When or if you decide to go to medical school, you’re all in.
You’re in it for a season and you prioritize your studies over weekend brunches and long Netflix sessions.
You say no to other commitments because you are so darn focused on becoming a doctor.
You’re all consumed.
The same applies to blogging.
You’re going to have to be open to not having a balanced life for a while.
You need to make some sacrifices and let go of other interests and hobbies.
Pursue imbalance instead of balance.
Balance is mediocre, you’re not going to have too much or too little of anything.
I totally believe that if you really want to be successful and have amazing results, you should aim for an imbalanced life.
At least for a while and while you are in the learning and hustling phase.
I’m saying all this to prepare you for your new blogging journey.
It’s time to embrace imbalance.
9. One Thing At A Time
Learn to master one source of traffic at a time.
Do not go after Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube at once.
At least, that is my strong recommendation to you.
You shouldn’t spread your time and energy too thin.
My honest tip for you is to go after Pinterest first.
Pinterest is amazing for new bloggers because you will have the chance of getting eyeballs to your blog even as a new blogger.
Pinterest gives new users and their content a chance to be found in search results quite quickly.
It’s not like Google where you have to wait years to rank in the top search.
If you want to learn more about the strategies I use for Pinterest, you must check out the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course.
I’ve also written an honest review about it, here.
In fact, I hopped on video with one of the creators of the course, Lauren McManus, to talk about my results.
10. You’re Playing The Long Term Game
The minute you sign up for hosting and start your blog, you’re playing the long term game.
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme.
It comes with a whole lot of trial and error, challenges, and obstacles along the way.
You have to be willing to get uncomfortable and keep going.
If you really want to see results with your new dream blog you have to stay consistent in everything you do.
- Post out weekly blog posts.
- Email your list once a week.
- Learn to master one social media platform at a time.
You’re in it to win it and to win it you have to keep showing up, take action and not give up.
How To Start A Blog
If you haven’t yet begun your blogging journey, I’ve got you.
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I cannot wait to see what you create in the world. ✨
Wow, I wish I had read this when I was first starting out! However, there are many here that still apply to me and to everybody, no matter how long they’ve been blogging, like take one thing at a time.
Another thing I’d had is: you’ll never feel like you know what you’re doing.
SO true Maria! I’m so happy you found this blog post helpful. xx